How I met The Beatles

MUSICA (of course) . . . and this excerpt from Girlfriends Forever.

I still have my concert program from that night.  It’s 12 x 12 inches, fourteen pages,  filled with lovely close-up shots of the boys.  But none of them showed John in his underwear!  You would have to hang out with me to get that one! :-)

Page two inside the program, an ad for Yardley starring Jean Shrimpton … “Self-Realization = His Capitulation.”  If only.  Remember the theme music for Yardley ~ Donovan singing, “Wear your love like heaven . . .”?

  Another ad in the program ~ they’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.  Glass bottles and electric guitars for the Pepsi Generation. We had it all.

Beatle Boots.  The whole inside of the catalog, including all the photos, was in black and white.  Very cool.

Flash!  As if we might miss out on this.  Hello?  Cars filled with kids lined up at the drive-in for hours to get into this movie!  We already knew the words to all the songs when we got there!

You could send in your dollar — I wonder how many millions they made from this!

They included a band identifier, the players at the concert ~ In case you were in the audience and you hadn’t read Tiger Beat, Teen World, Teen Screen, or Star World for every fragment of Beatle information and didn’t already have your favorite.  In case you had no idea they came from Liverpool.  (and you lived in a forest, were raised by wolves)

Here’s the back of the program . . .

♫  Oh dear what can I do, baby’s in black and I’m feelin’ blue, tell me Oh what can I do. ♪   You can go to Autograph World and see some of the collectibles.

Hmmmm, so many men, so little time. I can attest to the fact that magazine kissing was never quite as good as pillow kissing.

“I got arms that long to hold you, and keep you by my side…”  OK that’s enough . . .  With love from me to you . . .

36 Responses to How I met The Beatles

  1. Carrie says:

    The BEST story! And the way you describe it paints the picture perfectly. Imagine (no using this word- LOVE the song ) being eyeball to eyeball with John, yeowsa! This story takes the lovely cake, yeah, yeah, yeah :)

  2. Carrie says:

    Meant to say no conicidence using that word- IMAGINE. Best song!

  3. Miss Marion says:

    Great Beatles story!!!
    “Very Scary, naked skinny English Man it jockey shorts!”….Love this!!!

  4. salve says:

    OMG! what an amazing story and that picture with signatures must be Priceless! Oh the things we do when we were young – we think it’s the most important thing in the whole wide world – LOL! Having grown daughters – I’ve lived part of my youth in them – that too Priceless! love love love!

  5. Joan Lesmeister says:

    And I thought seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan was absolutely amazing! Little did I know what you were up to! Thinking back, I was a few years older than you, so I was quietly enjoying the hoopla because I was married, & a mother, & very mature. Only danced with the refrigerator when alone! Great story! Wonderfully written! I had been wondering if you & some of your family are redheads…now I know the rest of the story! xoxo

  6. Karen P - Wisconsin says:

    I just do LOVE this story so much. Never tire of reading about it in your Girlfriends book but this addition today is priceless. What cracks me up is the page with the lips for kissing! Really cute! So sweet and innocent, isn’t it? That wouldn’t happen today, I don’t think! You must have been over-the-moon to see them up close and personal….in their undies! LOL! Oh my! And your friend, Karen (nice name, by the way! :-)….I will always think of her when I see your little girls painted with red hair! I had a friend like that growing up and she’s still a treasure to me! xoxo…Karen P.

  7. Martha says:

    Just came across this story today – LOVE IT!!! Memories from our younger days -priceless!
    Martha from CT

  8. sandy says:

    ahhhh my heart skips a beat and my breath stops! nothing like a virtual Beatles expedition,,,thank you for wonderful memories! isn’t it wonderful the way something so fantastic just captures your heart and stays that way forever. thanks a million!!

  9. Paul was on the Colbert Report recently: colbertnation.com/full-episodes/wed-june-12-2013-paul-mccartney

    I was just 13. Had not heard of the until they showed up on the Ed Sullivan Show. My favorite was John. I saw them in Indianapolis and Chicago, but not up close. Still have a roll of Beatles wallpaper and of course every newspaper clipping and magazine!

  10. Nora Egan says:

    How FAB was this!? I was holding my breath all the while I was reading your story! Ahhh. Closest I got was being the “official” Beatles Correspondent from my high school, thanks to a radio station that had correspondents at each high school in the area; the station would read our “reports” on air. Don’t know about the others, but all my info was lifted from Life magazine, and you mentioned them, Tiger Beat and Teen World. AND I got to swim in the pool they came up in in “Help” in Nassau two years after they filmed. Yes, I filled a bottle with pool water! Wouldn’t you? Oh, what a time to be a teen.

    • sbranch says:

      I think we would have screamed if we met the official “Beatles Correspondent!” Oh yes, would have had to have some of that pool water!

  11. Marge says:

    My sister and I were dedicated Beatles fans. Unfortunately, we lived in a part of Texas where few, if any, celebreties held concerts in those days, so we never saw the Beatles or any other British band live. One thing that came about from the British invasion was the realization that the reason our mother “talked
    funny” and different from our friends’mothers was because she was British!!! She was from Scotland but it was fairly close (in our ears) to Scouse. Not that we didn’t know Mommy was Scots but it didn’t mean as much until then when it became “cool” to be half-Brit AND discover that Lizzie and I (and our other two sisters) had dual citizenship!

  12. Sandee Mellum says:

    I said it before, but must say it again. You, Susan Branch, are a woman of MANY talents. Your story-telling skills are over the top!! Reading this just now has made my day!! Wonderful, magical memories of such an amazing time. I was 12, just beginning my teenage journey when the lads appeared on Ed Sullivan that Sunday night. Sooo fun to recall it all again after all these years. Love, love, love ya Susan!
    What a treasure you are for us all!

  13. Christy says:

    I saw them in concert in 1964 at The Coliseum in Seattle when I was 13 – and I say “saw” them because there was no way you could hear them with the constant screaming every time they shook their moppy hair! Do you remember that people used to throw jelly beans at the stage? In my Beatles Scrapbook (that somehow I have misplaced but continue to believe will turn up!) I had a jelly bean that I was just sure bounced off John! I LOVE this post from you – the one you wrote about bomb shelters in the 50′s was another favorite because my dad dug one in our backyard – keep the memories coming!

  14. Mary Ann says:

    Oh it was so much more fun and romantic than being a teen today. Kissing the photos of Beatles lips instead of watching the VMAs with the very sad not a teen anymore Miley Cyrus. Thanks for sharing this story again!

  15. susan stillwell says:

    How lucky to have come up so close and personal. That was my dream! I loved George. The closest I came was seeing them 2 times at the Cow Palace and then their final concert at Candelstick Park. These shows were in San Franciso. One silly little story….the first show on the Ed Sullivan Show, I was so excited. I stood if front of the t.v. taking pictures with the family’s little Brownie camera. I had to wait many days for the store to develop these photo’s. I could hardly wait. They finally called and my mom took me to pick them up. Oh no, how terrible!!
    The pictures were just pictures of a blank t.v. screen. So much for technology back in the 60′s. My brothers laughed so hard at me as I cried my eyes out!

    • sbranch says:

      Ohhhh, meanies! I had to run from living room to family room with a pile of little kids chasing me. They wanted to be with the “teenager” — but then they made too much noise and the teenager wanted to be ALONE!

  16. Kathy says:

    Loved your story about meeting the Beatles you lucky duck! I saw them live in concert at Shea Stadium in New York in August 1965. I was 15 and thrilled to see them even though we couldn’t hear them singing because of the thousands of hysterically screaming teenage girls (including me and my girlfriends). I will always remember that day as the highlight of my teenage years! Thanks for reminding me :) !

  17. Judy from Maine says:

    How exciting your adventure with the Beatles. The closest I came was knowing a police officer in NY City that was part of the detail to meet them at the airport and escort them to Manhatten for their Ed Sullivan performance. He actually showed me a cigarette stub that belonged to one of the Beatles. At the time I was so impressed…now I think ugh.

  18. Isabel Bevan says:

    I live in England, across the water (River Mersey) from Liverpool – home of The Beatles! It was wonderful here in the 60′s. Although I was a little too young to be allowed to go to The Cavern (I have been since!), trips to Liverpool were exciting. Your story brought back so many memories of the Swinging Sixities! We ran through the streets of Liverpool chasing their cars on their return from the States, we watched as they stood on the balcony of the town hall. I saw them in concert in Liverpool in 1964. Happy days! Paul visits Wirral where I live as he still has family here; I saw him once! I was “chaufeusse” to his brother, Mike, for a day when my company was making a promotional video – aww, how exciting! Thank you, Susan for bringing the memories back! And thank you too for your wonderful book “A Fine Romance” which I pre-ordered!

  19. tracy says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful article! It made me feel so good…really needed that today :)

  20. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for all the great Beatles stories! I was 11 in 1963….totally over the moon and swept away by the Beatles ever since. Just saw the movie “Good Ol’Freda” (available on DVD) – wonderful and inspiring documentary film featuring the Beatles secretary, Freda Kelly. A must see for all Beatles fans! It’s amazing to see what it was like in the early days, and what was done with all that fan mail…..different times before the internet! Also you learn more about their families, which is fascinating. Here’s a link to the official website and trailer.
    magpictures.com/goodolfreda/

  21. Collette says:

    Loved reading about your “wild” adventure with the Beatles! For a moment I was back in the sixties reliving the time when everything British was cool! A frosted tube of Yardley lip-slicker, my hair just like the ad with fat yarn ties in school colors, and the chokers! And of course the music! Thanks for reminding us of such fun times.

  22. Roseann Copeland says:

    What a wonderful story I loved reading this!
    Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

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